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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Feb 16, 2013 6:44am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Aaron Swartz r.i.p.

News from the Internet Archive - No. 7, 15 February 2013:

excerpts from Brewster's Report

Working at the Internet Archive, Aaron Swartz was the architect and first coder of, a site to open the world of books to the Internet generation. As a user of the site, he helped put public domain books that had been locked up on the site.

As a volunteer, he helped make the RECAP system to offer free public access to public domain government court documents. He took the bold step of seeding this system by going to a public library to download the public domain and then uploaded the documents to the Internet Archive—this got him in trouble with the FBI. Now many millions of public domain documents have been used by over six million people for free, including researchers that could never have afforded the high fees to gain access.

Aaron was steadfast in his dedication to building a better and open world. Selfless. Willing to cause change. He is among the best spirits of the Internet generation. I am crushed by his loss, but will continue to be enlightened by his work and dedication.

The Archive held a moving memorial service for Aaron at the Archive on January 24; he’ll be missed.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Feb 16, 2013 7:07am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Aaron Swartz r.i.p.

I was just so sadly informed. RIP Aaron.